2007 Winter Universiade
Slogan: "Crazy 4 U"
|Nations participating||55 (estimated)|
|Opening ceremony||January 17|
|Closing ceremony||January 27|
|Officially opened by||Giovanna Capellano Nebiolo, George Killian|
|Athlete's Oath||Giovanni Ramigno|
|Torch Lighter||Livio Berruti|
|Main venue||Palasport Olimpico|
The Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Winter Universiade Torino 2007 was held with a cast of acrobats, circus performers and dancers. The evening began with the "Princess of the Snow", Magda Gomes, who introduced the audience to a journey that joins Turin to the rest of the world through the student spirit of the Universiade. Her message was followed by a parade of the 52 participant nations and a speech by Giovanna Capellano Nebiolo (President of the Organizing Committee) and George Killian (FISU President). Together they officially opened the Games: both greeted the Universiade and declared the event officially open. After the flag-raising ceremony Livio Berruti entered the Palasport Olimpico to complete the tour of the Flame of Knowledge, lighting at the same time the braziers of the stadium and the Piazza Vittorio Veneto. All sports to be held at the Games were introduced by a group of dancers and gymnasts. The ceremony ended with live music by Negrita. Other people who showed up in the opening ceremony were Gianluigi Buffon, Andrew Howe and Arturo Brachetti. The last one revealing the slogan for the Universiade, which is "Crazy 4 U". Among the present personalities were Fabio Mussi, Mercedes Bresso, Antonio Saitta, Sergio Chiamparino, Renato Montabone, Sara Simeoni, Alberto Zaccheroni and Gianni Vattimo.
The Games features 18 medal events in 12 sports.
(Numbers in parentheses after each sport discipline indicate the number of events contested.)
- Alpine skiing (8)
- Biathlon (10)
- Cross-country skiing (10)
- Curling (2)
- Figure skating (5)
- Ice hockey (1)
- Nordic combined (3)
- Short track speed skating (10)
- Ski jumping (4)
- Snowboarding (6)
- Speed skating (12)
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